Saint NameMartyrs, unnamed or name lost : S00060
Saints, unnamed : S00518
Saint Name in Sourcespirita sancta
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Funerary inscriptions
Archaeological and architectural - Internal cult fixtures (crypts, ciboria, etc.)
Evidence not before350
Evidence not after400
Activity not before350
Activity not after400
Place of Evidence - RegionRome and region
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcSuburban catacombs and cemeteries
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Suburban catacombs and cemeteries
Cult activities - PlacesBurial site of a saint - crypt/ crypt with relics
Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and CustomsPrayer/supplication/invocation
SourceMarble plaque, now lost. Found in the 17th c. in the Cemetery of Cyriaca, and recorded under the day 13 February 1660 in the Regesta Sacrarii Pontificii.
First published in 1980 by Antonio Ferrua, from the manuscript.
DiscussionAntonio Ferrua supposes that the inscription refers to the 'holy spirits'/spirita sancta, often invoked in the suburban cemeteries of Rome. These can be unnamed martyrs and saints buried in the cemetery, but also the souls of the ordinary deceased Christians.
Dating: The editors of the Epigraphic Database Bari date the inscription to the 4th c.
Epigraphic Database Bari, nos. EDB31011, see http://www.edb.uniba.it/epigraph/31011
De Rossi, G.B., Ferrua, A. (eds.), Inscriptiones Christianae Urbis Romae Septimo Saeculo Antiquiores, n.s., vol. 7: Coemeteria via Tiburtinae (Vatican: Pont. Institutum Archaeologiae Christianae, 1980), no. 19602b.
Regesta Sacrarii Pontificii I f. 23 (13 February 1660).